The Elves of Lily Hill Farm don’t mince words (Penny Kelly, p.191)…
“Humans are at the top of nature’s heap. Ye humans need everything that’s in the heap under ye to support yer form of life. But nothing in the heap needs that human at the top. Ye humans are the most expendable of all – yet ye all think yer indispensable!
“Picture the security of the human race right now as one lonely person riding a unicycle across a tightrope that is tied between two poles anchored in soup bowls floating on an ocean, Yer position is tenuous – at best.”
But there be Hope (Genia Haddon, Body Metaphors, pp.108-9)…
“Neither participational consciousness [the original Matriarchy] nor differentiating objectivity [the Patriarchy] characterizes this third model. It [the Age of the Yang Feminine – the Age of Lilith] encourages a ‘both-and’ way of looking at things. Although uncommon in the Patriarchal Age, this sort of consciousness is sometimes experiened in mystical states or with the aid of psychedelic drugs.
“A pair of opposites that are mutually exclusive as seen by patriarchal, differentiating consciousness are no longer contradictory when comprehended by mentation that simultaneously holds awareness of various levels or orders of wholes. In other words, this is a style of consciousness that is attentive to varying contexts and can shift from one to another, or even hold several in awareness simultaneously [Castaneda’s ‘Cognitive Dissonance’].
“In such a system, we should expect to experience life as multivalent rather than focused, contextually transformative rather than goal oriented. Within the gestative system [Matriarchy], movement was contained and cyclic. The metaphor for progress was natural, vegetative proliferation and succession of seasons. Phases succeeded one another in a repeating pattern, like a circle, or like the snake biting its tail.
“In the phallic system, movement is goal oriented and linear, like a arrow. Progress is pictured as ascent achieved through competition and mastery. In the exertive [Yang Feminine] system, movement is to be rooted in context and emerging out of it, like a spiral or helix … [in which] interleaved ascending and descending coils suggest the contexting of ‘opposites’ within a larger whole that retains their distinctions, yet transcends their opposition [the ‘Coin’].”
“In an Age reflecting the nature of the exertive womb [Yang Feminine] rather than the phallus, property ownership and exploitation would simply cease to be meaningful concepts, based as they are on patriarchal principles of separating out and power over. It is beyond my capacity to picture concretely such a world based on exertive-world principles of egalitarian networks, contextual transformation, and holistic transcendence.
“To appreciate how alien exertive-womb principles still are, try to imagine what sort of pattern would replace ‘ownership’ of animal pets by ‘masters’ in an age in which the dominant motif is no longer hierarchical. … These are the watchwords: context, egalitarian, transformation, multiple wholes, self-transcendence, non-uniform multiplicity, both-and simultaneity without loss of distinctions, network.”
Here’s an example of Both/And/And-that-too, from Robert Moss’s Dreaming True pp290-1…
“The philosopher of Science Thomas Kuhn observed that we get a paradigm shift when the accumulation of ‘anomalies’ forces the abandonment of old scientific paradigms and the adoption of new ones. Dream journalists can contribute mightily to the emergence and understanding of new paradigms in science” by, for instance…
- “Case studies of interactive dreaming that will provide mutually confirming evidence that consciousness is never confined to the brain.
- “Documented and witnessed reports of dream precognition, telepathy, and other psi phenomena that will establish that these are entirely natural events and that our everyday experience is not the only engagement with time and space that is possible.
- “Serial dreams in which we return to locales where we seem to be leading a continuous life as our present selves, but with some different elements in the scene. For example: we may be married to a different person, living in a different town, following a different line of work. Serial dreams of this type may provide strong experiential evidence for the ‘parallel universes’ hypothesis.
- “Serial dreams in which we enter the situation or perspective of people living in other times or dimensions who are clearly not our familiar selves. These experiences may be suggestive of our connectedness, in our multidimensional identity, with a vast family of consciousness in many time periods and frequency domains.”
The Eclipse Grand Cross is tight, spanning only three Degrees, 17-19 of the Mutable Signs (Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini).
In general, Angles between planets that are less than three Degrees apart can be considered to have a strong impact on the Present Moment. Angles between planets that are less than eight Degrees apart will have less effect on the Present Moment, but will have profound impact on any project or Entity or Identity that is born at the time.
“Orb” is the astrological term for the inexactitude of interplanetary Angles, but we prefer “Sensitivity” because how responsive we are to the Angles depends on how Sensitive we are to Energy. The average Muggle might be hard-pressed to detect one Degree of Orb, while a Sensitive person could feel the impact of eight or ten Degrees even in the Present Moment. We’ll all be much more Sensitive to any current-moment Angle that mirrors an Angle in our Natal chart.
Because we use many more planets, asteroids, dwarfs, and Centaurs than traditional astrology, for birth charts we try to keep our Attention directed toward Angles that are less than five Degrees apart. Because we expect most of our readers to be Sensitive to Energy, we often use five degrees for Present-Moment charts as well.
Exceptions arise when Angles adjoin one another. For instance, the Total Solar Eclipse occurs at 19 Degrees of Pisces, two Degrees from Chiron at 21 Degrees, and three Degrees from the South Node at 22 Degrees. But Ceres sits at 16 Degrees, three Degrees on the other side of the Eclipse. So we have a choice: we can interpret Eclipse-Chiron-South Node and Eclipse-Ceres as two distinct relevant Energies, or we can read Ceres-Eclipse-Chiron-South Node as one Stellium and one Energy. To be thorough, we should do both, that is, read all three.
So now we’ve stretched from 17-19 Degrees to 16-22 Degrees, sevan Degrees of Separation. Still well within traditional astrology’s span for a birth chart. Lilith is also at 22 Degrees, so this allows our Grand Trine and Kite, since Pallas, like Saturn, is at 17 Degrees. Haumea is very Conjunct Lilith, but at 24 Degrees. We can’t ignore Haumea’s promise to Rebirth Lilith, but this brings us to 17-24 Degrees, and 16-24 if we include Ceres, which is hard to exclude when the Ceres-Saturn Square is only half a Degree from being Exact. While this seems like way too much slop for Present-Moment consideration, we can’t ignore the interconnections.
So far we have involved planets in Pisces (Ceres-Eclipse-Chiron-South Node), Aquarius (Pallas), Sagittarius (Saturn), Libra (Lilith-Haumea), Virgo (Jupiter-North Node), and Gemini (Chaos). Uranus-Eris at 19-23 of Aries makes our Kite into five-sixth of a Grand Sextile, and the asteroid Klotho at 17 Leo completes it.
Klotho is one of the “Fates” – Klotho cuts the fabric from which Lifetimes are woven, Lachesis measures out the length of a Lifetime, and Atropos cuts the chord when that length is reached. Their mother Moirai completes the foursome.
It’s important to remember that Fate and Free Will, as a Duality, cannot be properties of the Universe at Large, as the Universe at Large is Multifarious. Duality does happen to be a signal property of the Observing Human mind, however, so we interpret Fate as a philosophical issue, not an Existential issue. It is striking, though, how often astrology seems to Teach us about what’s going on, as if our Co-Creations have long been mapped out by the Stars, as if the best outcome we could hope for from a Lifetime would be an Oscar.
We’re fond of saying that if we use Senses and Skills beyond the intellect, or if we desire to peer into the Unconscious, there is no Contradiction, only Paradox. In most cases that’s giving the mind more credit than it deserves, but it’s certainly a valid Perspective. So we could profitably view the Question of Fate and Free Will as a Paradox. In fact, we can even look at it through Genia’s Yang-Feminine Perspective as a case of “both-and simultaneity without loss of distinctions”!
How handy. We’re being Rebirthed into the Yang-Feminine Age as we speak!
We don’t usually think of Klotho as a heavy hitter, but completing a Grand Sextile gets our Attention, particularly with Haumea Rebirthing Lilith. The combination means that…
This is a particularly germinal time for building foundations for our Role in the New “Fresh Violets in an Ancient Pottery Bowl” Culture that we’re Co-Creating.
Big revisions to our Cultural Zeitgeist were promised by the 2009 Neptune-Chiron Initiation, “Fresh Violets in an Ancient Pottery Bowl,” which we consider to be the astrological correlate of the Derivative Crisis that the Lizards quite successfully spun as a Mortgage-Deadbeat Crisis. Genia’s comments are validation for what we’ve been talking about in this regard.
In a significant way, we’re “cutting the cloth” this month for our New economic and ecologic Persona. We’ve suggested that major Commitments are better delayed till after June’s Eris-Uranus Initiation, since we can expect to meet whole new elements of ourselves then, but if we Trust our Knowing, there is a lot of preparatory work we can be doing that doesn’t involve firm Commitment. And while New Moons are generally considered to impact the following two to four weeks, Eclipses are usually given a longer span of influence, often nine months. So if we pinned on the Pattern this month, and wielded our pinking shears in July, we’d be in good stead.
Kelley Hunter usually reads the more traditional astrological symbols, while I stray into all manner of questionable nooks and crannies, so it’s particularly validating when the two of us walk down the same lane. Her readings have been more mundane than mine of late, so we haven’t been linking to her newsletter. On the other hand, she literally “wrote the books” on Lilith, and few folks are more in touch with the evolving Age of Lilith than she. Her reading for this Eclipse mirrors ours, but of course as always adding much of note…
So we regard this Eclipse chart as a legitimate Grand Sextile, in addition to the Kite, Grand Trine, and Grand Cross – very Powerful. The nature of a Sextile is Grace, as long as we provide the initial impetus to kickstart the process. A Grand Sextile is about processes that feed on themselves and become virtuous cycles, like Genia’s interleaving helixes. We may even be able to kickstart one of the Sextiles and watch it activate the other five! Let’s talk about that in another installment.
I don’t want to leave this train of thought without bringing Pluto into the picture. Pluto, at 18 Capricorn, Sextiles the Eclipse, and this Sextile forms the base of a Finger of God pointing directly at Klotho. So it’s a good thing we included Klotho. It doesn’t pay to ignore Pluto, or Eclipses.
Pluto represents that which Cannot Be Ignored. I think of Pluto as a Powerful River, not in Space but in Time. Paddling our canoe upstream is not an option; we’ll simply get pulled backwards into the rapids, if not the falls. We need to ride this River downstream. We can, however, steer toward one bank or the other, camp on an island, and since we can see where we’re going, pull out to portage around the falls.
The Klotho Finger of God tells us to Pay Attention Now to the way we’re designing the New Life that we’re Rebirthing for the Age of Lilith, to make sure that our New Life flows with the current and not against it. The Eclipse-Ceres Conjunction reinforces this Directive, Asking us to Attend to Sustainability here.
And to the other side of the Sustainability Coin, Sustenance – which means Letting Go of what’s no longer necessary – especially our Limiting Beliefs, which will be illuminated brightly for us with the Eclipse (which provides Illumination by showing us what it’s like without what we take for granted) on the South Node (which harbors our Held Emotions). Penny Kelly spends about 90% of her book describing how difficult it was to Let Go of all the Resistance she had to Receiving Insight from The Elves of Lily Hill Farm.
The keystone in this Drama is the Initiation of Moirai, mother of the Fates, by Pluto on 10 March, at 18 Capricorn, “The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship.” Rudhyar’s interpretation, “Protection provided by institutions in charge of maintaining order,” reeks of the Patriarchy, as Rudhyar’s roots were deep in European traditions.
Our interpretation springs instead from the 1/1/2000 Initiation of Chiron by Pluto, “A flag turning into an Eagle, turning into a Chanticleer heralding the Dawn.” The flag represents the old Loyalist status quo Ego, the Eagle the wide, inclusive Perspective of the Yang Feminine, and the Dawn of course the EnLightenment that follows.
So now we’re tossed back into the “Paradox” of Fate and Free Will with a renewed sense of Importance. It would probably be quite accurate to say that astrology shows us our Fate if we proceed Unconsciously. If we interpret the Squares to the Eclipse negatively, we’d Expect that because the Eclipse will cause us to freeze like a Deer in the headlights because there are too many Choices (Chaos), we’ll find our Future to be severely Limiting (Saturn).
And I imagine that this will be an apt description of the Future confronting many of the Muggles that still suffer under the Illusion that their employer and their government have their interest at Heart, as the propaganda machine continues to work overtime to keep them convinced. Ask your doctor if Climate Change Denial is good for you, it should say. Ask your doctor if Globalization is good for you. Ask your doctor if Glyphosate-saturated, mineral-deficient food-like substances are good for you. If Death occurs, tell your doctor immediately and discontinue use.
I’m sure it’s an apt description for the poor blokes who’ve just been trying to survive the Drought and Turmoil in the Middle East, and for the Greeks being trampled by the results, after being wrung out by the Vulture Capitalists and Multinational Patriarchs running the EU. We may not be able to divert the Pluto River, but we do have the option to Respond Consciously to the currents, to recognize that The Most Important Thing (Saturn) confronting us is Making Choices to steer our Unlimited Future (Chaos) in directions that promote our Deepest Desires and further our Mission in the Lifetime (Jupiter-North Node).
We still have quite a bit of material left in this Eclipse chart that keeps on Giving – to be continued!